WC trophy in city amid uncertaintyStaff Correspondent
The FIFA World Cup trophy arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday as a part of its 88-country tour ahead of 2014 tournament in Brazil.
FIFA officials arrived with the trophy on Tuesday at 12:30pm. BFF president Kazi Salahuddin received the party at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The trophy was taken to the Bangabhaban, where President Abdul Hamid became the only Bangladeshi to hold the trophy.
The trophy was then taken to the prime minister’s residence before finally moving on to the Radisson Hotel, where around 15,000 people will have the opportunity to view it over the next two days before the trophy leaves Dhaka for Bhutan on Friday morning.
The World Cup trophy was originally scheduled to be displayed at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday, but FIFA has refused to show the prestigious trophy at the venue.
Organisers failed to explain why FIFA made the decision, but they confirmed that the trophy would be displayed at the Radisson Hotel and anyone who collected tickets from FIFA’s corporate partner Coca Cola over the last few days would have the opportunity to view the trophy at the hotel from today.
After FIFA’s decision, the organisers also reduced the whole trophy tour schedule.
`The venue has been changed and shifted to the Radisson Hotel from the BNS,’ said Coca Cola Bangladesh public relations officer Shamima Akter.
The BFF had been eager to stick with the plan to display the trophy at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, but its efforts to reverse FIFA’s decision ultimately failed. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also personally wanted to adhere to the original schedule.
There had been speculation that FIFA’s decision came due to concerns about security given the ongoing political violence across the country, and that BFF sources said that attempts to keep the schedule as planned were made in an effort to save face internationally ahead of a pair of international events in Bangladesh.
With Bangladesh scheduled to hold two major international cricket tournaments, including the ICC World Twenty20, early next year, such worries would further demonstrate growing doubts about the host nation’s ability to provide tournament security.
However, BFF president Kazi Salahuddin indicated that FIFA’s concerns were about logistics, not security.
‘Security was not a problem, but we had to cancel the programme due to logistical reasons. FIFA were not aware that the trophy was to be displayed in such an open area, and they did not agree,’ the BFF president said in a briefing.
Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin (R) unveils the FIFA World Cup trophy for prime minister Sheikh Hasina (L) at her residence on Tuesday. Ã¢€” Courtesy photo
The FIFA World Cup trophy glows brightly upon being unveiled at a city hotel on Tuesday. Ã¢€” New Age photo
comments powered by Disqus
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has agreed in principle to host a franchise-based Twenty20 competition next week in order to give the players some much-needed action ahead of the ICC World T20, 2014, officials said on Tuesday. Full story
Australia fought past a determined rearguard to seal their third big win in a row against old enemy England and regain the Ashes in emphatic style after a gap of four years Tuesday. In front of a delirious crowd at PerthÃ¢€™s WACA... Full story
The Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited election will be held on December 29, the club announced on Tuesday. A total of 210 club members are expected to cast their votes to elect a president and 16... Full story
A lack of facilities, a dearth of good coaches, weak infrastructure and religious superstition; welcome to the world of womenÃ¢€™s athletics in Bangladesh. WomenÃ¢€™s athletics in the country is a virtually thankless job for all concerned. Full story
Born on February 4, 1988, Sumita is the youngest of seven children in her family. Having spent her entire childhood in her hometown in Noakhali, a 13-year old Sumita came to Dhaka in 2001 in hopes of forging a career in athletics. Full story
The thrashing in ODIs behind them, India will be aiming to start the post-Sachin Tendulkar era in Test cricket on a positive note but the task looks daunting as they would be up against the worldÃ¢€™s number one side South Africa in the... Full story
In-form Pakistan are seeking to build on their recent thrilling one-day triumph in South Africa when they take on dangerous but rusty Sri Lanka in a five-match series starting in the United Arab Emirates today. Pakistan last month sealed their first-ever ODI... Full story
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has said he is looking forward to facing fellow South American Manuel Pellegrini after his side were drawn against Manchester City in the Champions League last 16 on Monday. City were arguably the strongest... Full story
Bayern MunichÃ¢€™s Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger has said he has no fear of missing the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, despite his on-going ankle problems. Ã¢€˜I have not had a momentÃ¢€™s concern about missing the... Full story
Francesco Totti ended his two-month injury absence for Roma but had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw away to Milan, who had Sulley Muntari to thank for a late leveller at the San Siro on Monday. Roma travelled to struggling Milan... Full story
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle would be interested in returning to the club to succeed the sacked Andre Villas-Boas, a source close to him revealed on Tuesday. Technical coordinator... Full story
Guus Hiddink is in pole position to become the next Netherlands national team coach as speculation increases over an imminent contract. Louis van Gaal is to quit after next yearÃ¢€™s World Cup and Hiddink set to sign... Full story
Messi agents deny money laundering report Barcelona superstar Lionel MessiÃ¢€™s agents denied Monday a Spanish newspaper allegation that his father was suspected of being involved in laundering Colombian drug money through... Full story
The Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 115-92 victory over San Antonio in MondayÃ¢€™s clash of NBA divisional leaders. Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Clippers. Full story
The European Commission will on Wednesday launch a formal investigation into seven Spanish football clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, after complaints they accepted illegal state aid, SpainÃ¢€™s foreign minister said. Full story
Italian champions Juventus return to Turkey as the Serie A giants were drawn against Trabzonspor in the Europa League last-32 on Monday. Juve were knocked out of the Champions League by Turkish... Full story
GermanyÃ¢€™s 100m sprint champion Julian Reus has challenged Borussia Dortmund winger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a sprint race to prove whether the football star is faster than Usain Bolt. Aubameyang, who has scored nine... Full story
Gennaro Gattuso, a member of ItalyÃ¢€™s 2006 World Cup-winning side, was placed under investigation while four people were arrested in connection with a match-fixing scandal on Tuesday, Italian police reported. Full story
Dutch prostitutes want to enjoy the same retirement perks as professional footballers because they also do Ã¢€˜difficult physical workÃ¢€™ in the prime of their lives, their lawyer said Tuesday. Ã¢€˜Footballers and prostitutes... Full story